Glenburgie 21 Years Old 1992 Single Cask (Master Of Malt)
56.9% ABV, £60.95 for 70cl
What they say:
At 21 years old this Glenburgie, bottled by us here at Master of Malt, would be old enough to legally drink itself in America, but that would be a shame because then we wouldn’t be able to. Also cannibalism. Cannibalism is frowned upon. Even among drinks. Ahem.
Nose: Coconut nougat, dried apple in cereal, nectarine and ice cream oysters with the marshmallow inside.
Palate: A touch of cinnamon and chocolate, crumble and a little more nougat.
Finish: Toast with a thin layer of marmalade.
Overall: Eminently drinkable at 56.9% abv, a tiny amount of water allows a slight honey and lemon character to reach the surface.
What I say:
The 2nd sample in our Horizon21 horizontal tasting session of 21 year old single malts hails from Glenburgie Distillery in Speyside. The distillery is owned by Pernod Ricard / Chivas Brothers and most of its production is likely blended into Ballantine’s and/or Chivas blends. This single cask expression was distilled on 28th May 1992 and bottled at 21 years old by Master of Malt.
Full yellow gold
Soapy violets and lavender, clean and crisp on the nose with tonnes of Vanilla, vanilla sponge cake mix, Madagascan vanilla pods and extracted vanilla essence
Fiery and spicy with ginger and cinnamon, perfumed soapy lavender and violets briefly appear before this descends into depths of citric lemon, malted barley cereal and sugary sweet honey
Medium/long on the finish with honey, spice and drying oak wood
Would I buy it:
Absolutely, this is a beautiful example of how vanillins from the bourbon cask maturation perfectly compliment the native flavours of the spirit. Although Glenburgie malts may be relatively unheard of, this single cask example is supreme from Master of Malt, age and ABV considered this one was a real bargain whilst it was available (sadly now sold out)